As we enter Matchday 18, Covid numbers are increasing around the Premier League. Over 3800 people were tested, with 42 results coming back positive, the highest ever since the league started testing. Outbreaks at Tottenham, Watford, and Manchester United have already led to games being postponed and we could see more if the Omicron variant continues to spread throughout the UK.
The authorities have responded by reverting to its emergency measures and increasing the testing frequency for the players and staff. Fans will now require a vaccine passport to enter stadiums. Hopefully, these measures will be enough to keep everyone safe and prevent the return of empty stadiums or, even worse, the league from shutting down again.
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Let’s take a look at the 2021-22 Premier League Matchday 17 Betting Lines, Analysis, and Tips.
PREMIER LEAGUE GUIDES
PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHDAY 17 ROUNDUP
PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMAYANG STRIPPED OF ARSENAL CAPTAINCY
I wrote about Arsenal‘s decision to drop Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang in my Betting Preview for their game against West Ham. This is the second time he has been punished for turning up late in six months, and now Mikel Arteta has stripped him of the Arsenal captaincy.
The 32-year-old only has 18 months left on his £250,000 a week contract, and it makes me wonder if the club are using these offenses as an excuse to force him out. Alexander Lacazette will leave this summer for free when his contract expires. To lose Aubamayang, your highest-paid player (£13 million a year), 12 months later on a free as well would be a financial disaster and embarrassing.
I know I sound cynical, but Arsenal’s board does have previous. During the pandemic, the club’s billionaire owners asked the players to take a pay cut, applied for the UK Government’s furlough scheme, laid off 10% of their staff, including their much-loved mascot Gunnersaurus while portraying themselves as a family club. To rub salt in the wound, they coughed up £50 million to activate Thomas Partey‘s release clause like it was nothing.
Hopefully, all parties involved can resolve the issue, and we’ll see Aubamayang on the pitch soon, but I have my doubts. It feels like there’s too much water under the bridge, and there’s a good chance we’ll never see him turn out for The Gunners again.
The January transfer window opens in 18 days. There’s an outrageously rich club in the Northeast who can easily afford £250,000 a week and are desperate for a proven Premier League goalscorer. A six-month loan deal to Newcastle makes perfect sense in the short term for all parties, and the fans would welcome him with open arms.
MANCHESTER CITY IN SEVENTH HEAVEN
Manchester City dissected a passive Leeds United 7-0 to remind everyone why they’re the Sportsbooks favorites to win the Premier League title. The best goal of the night came from Kevin De Bruyne who unleashed a thunderous strike from distance.
That victory means City have equaled Liverpool‘s 1982 record of 33 for most English top-flight wins in a calendar year. Pep Guardiola‘s side have three games left to beat it. You would put your mortgage on them doing it with Newcastle, Leicester City, and Brentford, the three sides standing in their way.
PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING: MATCHDAY 18 LINES
**Odds Taken from DraftKings Wednesday, December 15th, 11:55 PM EST
PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ANALYSIS AND TIPS
- I like Both Teams To Score YES and Over 2.5 Goals at +105 for Everton‘s game against Leicester. Both sides have struggled defensively, and I think we will see goals in this game.
- Arsenal’s Moneyline at +110 is a very attractive price. The Gunners are finally back in the Top 4, and they need to start producing away from The Emirates if they want to stay there.
- I recommend considering Manchester City -2.5 Goals on the Spread at +150. The mood they’re in right now they could easily put four or five past this Newcastle side.
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